The National Rifle Association (NRA) has morphed the 2nd Amendment to fit their narrative!
Yes, a gun, as an inanimate object, is no more responsible for slaughter & mayhem than a pencil is for misspelling the narrative. However, the ‘solution’ to end mass shootings is not that complicated. It requires only ‘reasonable’ minds and the will to lead by example for the greater good.
The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified in 1791 as part of the Bill of Rights, guaranteed the right to keep and bear arms as necessary to maintain a state militia. Period!
The 2nd Amendment was meant to protect colonies from ever again becoming overthrown by an unforgiving government. Single shot, flintlock muskets were the arms of the day. Our nation has evolved in such a way, that no personal collection of arms could ever withstand an assault from our nation’s armed forces with their unsurpassed military armament of rockets, jets, bombs, fighter jets, etc., making the 2nd Amendment’s original intention moot.
The musket took 1 minute to reload. After the flintlock revolution, an ordinary soldier could reload in 20 seconds or shoot 3 times a minute. Compare this to the modern era AR-15 with a bump stock & high capacity magazines which can spray thousands of rounds in just minutes! This weapon of mass destruction simply cannot be available in a ‘civilized’ society.
The “cyclic rate” of the AR-15 fires 800 rounds a minute which is 13.3 rounds per second!
The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (1929) linked to Al Capone used Thompson Machine Guns (Tommy Guns) which have been banned. The Gatling gun, the forerunner to the modern machine gun, which can dispense from 2,000 to 6,000 rounds per minute, has been outlawed. C-4 plastic explosives, used by the military, dynamite, TNT, are all highly regulated and not available to the general public let alone teens. Ammo is not covered under the 2nd Amendment.
“Liberty can't be preserved without a general knowledge among the people. Let us dare to read, think, speak & write.” ~ John Adams 1st VP.
Our Forefathers didn’t always get it right, ergo ‘amendments.’
As an example: It took 145 years from the birth of our nation (1776) until 1920 for the Nineteenth (19th) Amendment to be ratified finally ‘allowing’ women the ‘right’ to vote!!! Can you imagine?
Principles, Values, Integrity, Leadership, Common Sense matters! When these core components of a nation wither, we all lose. If we always do what we’ve always done, we will always get what we’ve always got.
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